North East Wales

Girl, 16, assaulted inside Denbighshire church

St Dyfnog's Church, Denbigh
Image caption The girl was assaulted inside St Dyfnog's Church, Denbigh

A police investigation has been launched after a 16-year-old girl was seriously assaulted inside a church.

North Wales Police said the incident happened in St Dyfnog's in Llanrhaeadr, near Denbigh, at about 1700 BST on Friday.

Officers said an 18-year-old man was in police custody, and stressed that he has no connection with the church.

The vicar, J Michael Williams, also said he believed the arrested man had no link to St Dyfnog's.

Mr Williams told BBC Wales: "I've made my bishop - the Bishop of St Asaph - aware of it, and we understand that an allegation of a serious incident may have taken place in our parish church."

He said that he believed the person in custody had no connection with the church.

He said the building was "open every day of the year and we are encouraged to have our church open".

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